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Why lessons learned in Iraq may not apply to Afghanistan

Friday, November 28, 2008

"If we walked away, it's very likely the Taliban would take control of the country again."
—Noah Feldman on Afghanistan

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Mumbai: sifting facts from rumors

Friday, November 28, 2008

It would be very, very different if it were in fact traced back to the Pakistani government as opposed to being traced back to Pakistani soil. Both of them are grave situations, but one is clearly graver than the other."
—Sadanand Dhume on the Indian attacks

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Mumbai: some hostages rescued, death toll rising

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Last night, gunmen armed with grenades and automatic weapons attacked several popular tourist hotels in the Indian city of Mumbai: the Taj Mahal Palace, the Oberoi Hotel and other high profile locations in India's commercial capital. Indian soldiers have been escorting people out of one of the hotels, but the BBC is reporting that some people are still being held hostage in the Oberoi. More than 100 people were killed in the initial attacks at the hotels, and at least 300 people have been injured.

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Updates on Mumbai attacks

Thursday, November 27, 2008

"It's a huge city. It has a population of nearly 20 million. How do you ensure security for these people?"
—Nazes Afros on the attack in India

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Narrow escape via elevator in Mumbai

Thursday, November 27, 2008

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Gunmen attack popular tourist hotels in Mumbai

Thursday, November 27, 2008

"The organization that claimed responsibility for these attacks did not exist before yesterday when these attacks happened..They are a red herring."
—Zubair Ahmed on the attacks in Mumbai, on The Takeaway

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Eyewitness to the Mumbai attacks

Thursday, November 27, 2008

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Reading the Mumbai attacks

Thursday, November 27, 2008

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Attacks in India and Afghanistan target western tourists

Thursday, November 27, 2008

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President-elect Obama plans to keep Gates heading Defense

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

While President-elect Obama does not plan to officially unveil his national security team until after Thanksgiving, one thing seems pretty clear among Washington insiders: Defense Secretary Robert Gates is not going anywhere. For the first time, a Pentagon commander will be asked to keep his post during a transition between presidents of two different parties. The Takeaway talks to Peter Baker ("Obama Plans to Retain Gates at Defense Department " [New York Times]) about Obama’s decision.
"You can look at this as deferring any significant changes at the Pentagon until he's got the economy more fully in gear."
—Peter Baker on Gates staying on at Defense

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China prepares for cyber war

Friday, November 21, 2008

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The new wave of pirates

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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Mexican drug war crossing border

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Somebody from a rival cartel pulled up in a car, snatched this girl, threw her in the back of the car, drove away, called the guy and said, 'we've got your daughter and we're going to kill her.'"
--Mark Moran on the increased drug cartel activity in Phoenix, Arizon

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Nov. 18, 1978: The Jonestown Massacre

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Moments later, Jones pulled out vats of Flavor-Aid (not Kool-Aid, as the urban legend goes) containing valium, cyanide and more -- a deadly cocktail. And he urged members to commit 'Revolutionary Suicide.'"
--Adaora Udoji on the Jonestown Massacre

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Somali pirates attack supertanker

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Not only is it the largest vessel that has been attacked -- over 300,000 metric tons -- it's almost three times the size of a U.S. naval aircraft carrier."
--Nathan Christiansen on the hijacking of a Saudi Arabian oil supertanker

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A bin Laden briefing for Obama

Friday, November 14, 2008

"Whether we're convinced if he's dead or not, [Obama] can never give up the hunt for bin Laden. He can not afford it politically, even though in his heart he knows it's a waste of people and money."
--Robert Baer speaking about President-elect Obama's future search for bin Laden

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Secret 2004 military order

Monday, November 10, 2008

"The Bush Administration believes they are on pretty firm legal ground to carry out these types of attacks."
— Mark Mazzetti, the New York Times.

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Congo

Monday, November 10, 2008

"In this province alone it's estimated there are a million people who have now been left homeless. A fifth of the population."
— Mark Lowen, BBC News

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Insurgents

Friday, October 24, 2008

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Security theater: Some measures just for show

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It’s called “security theater:” highly visible measures that serve no genuine security purpose. Those National Guard troops you see at the airport? Generally those big guns aren’t loaded. Having to show one's ID at every turn? The 9/11 hijackers carried genuine drivers licenses, too. The Takeaway talks to the man who coined the phrase “security theater” about what makes genuinely good security and what's just for show.

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